As a founding principal and HarrisonKornberg’s Director of Design, Daniel establishes the firm’s design philosophy, and oversees design direction on all projects. He leads project teams through schematic design and design development, and remains involved through construction to ensure implementation and quality. Daniel has been responsible for the design and delivery of the firm’s most complex projects including buildings for higher education, K-12, aviation, civic, cultural, religious assembly, healthcare, and workplace. He is one of the firm’s sustainability advisors, incorporating innovative green design strategies and working through the certification process on LEED projects.
Daniel first encountered Capital A – Architecture during a semester abroad, touring the streets of Florence Italy with an inspiring professor of architectural history. Upon returning stateside Daniel immersed himself in classes about architecture, and spent free time teaching himself to draw. After achieving his M.Arch (and meeting his future wife in graduate school), Daniel apprenticed at several noted Houston firms before launching a successful solo practice in 1998. In 2003, Daniel co-founded HarrisonKornberg Architects with James Harrison.
Throughout his career, Daniel has been intensely interested in how the design of built environments can enhance the ways we work, learn, recreate and participate in civic life. Daniel is particularly focused on the relationships between space, structure, materials and natural light, and how these fundamental design elements shape our engagement with the world.
Architectural practice is a team endeavor, and Daniel welcomes collaboration and input from all corners. The teams he leads share ideas, celebrate differences and challenge each other to create great architecture for a better world.
Daniel received a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a University Fellow. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, with a major in Philosophy. Daniel is a registered architect in the State of Texas. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the US Green Building Council and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
Daniel grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, and has lived and raised a family in Houston, Texas since 1990. Daniel is an avid traveler and travel photographer who equally enjoys visiting wild spaces and urban environments. Daniel has previously served as a Chairman of the Lone Star College Foundation Gala and as a Project Row Houses board member.